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Ainsworth Bill

Bill Ainsworth W S Ainsworth was born on 17 January 1917 in Birmingham to William and Emily Ainsworth. Young Bill met his wife Gwen met at a Young Communist League camp in 1935 – probably […]

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Vyse Nell

Nell Vyse Born in 1892, Nell was trained as a singer in her youth and she was also fluent in French and German. She would become a highly talented and noted painter of ceramics, which […]

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Quelch Tom

Tom Quelch Tom Quelch was the son of the rather more famous early socialist Harry (Henry) Quelch who died in 1913 (pictured below) and was also nephew of Alonzo Quelch, a noted socialist in the Reading […]

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Baker Betty

Betty Baker Betty was born on July 14 1921 in Hackney to Charles and Holly Franklin; having an older brother, Charlie, and two younger sisters, Stella and Olive. She worked at the Daily Worker, at […]

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Norris Gordon

Gordon Norris Growing up in Hartlepool, Norris was as familiar as the rest of his class and generation with poverty.  Having left school during the Second World War, he found work in steelworks locally. After […]

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Niven Barbara

Barbara Niven Barbara Niven was born on 5 November 1896 in Chorleton, Lancashire. Along with her husband, Ern Brooks (see separate entry), Niven was Art Director of Theatre Union, established in 1936 in Manchester. It […]

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Nicholson Elizabeth

Elizabeth Nicholson Elizabeth Nicholson was the treasurer of Scarborough Communist Party when she died on the 19th October 1945, at 13 Durham Street, Scarborough.   She was clearly a veteran of revolutionary politics, since the […]

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Newbold Horace

Horace Newbold Horace Edward Newbold was born on 8 April 1900, in Barrow-in-Furness, into a family with strong working class affiliations. His father was Branch Secretary of the National Amalgamated Union of Labour from 1899 […]

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Nettleton Dick

Dick Nettleton   Born in 1922, he was involved in political activity from the age of 14, when he joined the Labour League of Youth at the age of 14. But, very shortly after, he […]

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Oliver Joe

Joe Oliver Joe Oliver was President of Southall District of the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) from 1940.   A Communist, he was described as "an eloquent, inspiring speaker, factory management have learned to respect his skill […]